Bitter Rice (Riso amaro)
Bitter Rice (Riso amaro) (1949)

Originally released as Riso Amaro, Bitter Rice was one of the landmark films of the postwar Italian neorealist movement. Silvana Mangano portrays one of hundreds of women toiling slavishly in the Po Valley rice fields. She is courted by two… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 21, 1949
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Eric Melin

There is so much to be learned from Bitter Rice, even today. It is a perfect surprise, proving how important and how much fun it is to discover older movies with fresh eyes.

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Emanuel Levy

A quintessential film of Italian neorealism of postWWII, though it became an international sensation due to the overt sex appeal and shot of breasts of Silvana Mangano, then only 19.

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Josef Braun
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Alberta)

Shameless eye candy with a social message.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

'Bitter Rice'-- a film that initiated a change in direction for a big national player in world cinema -- holds up enough after all these years.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

[A] femininely-charged setting sets Bitter Rice apart from the masculine, urban underworlds typically inhabited within the noir genre.

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Stella Dallas
the beginning of the end for italian neorealism was when directors started injecting sex and violence for better box office. this film sets out to explore the… More
Stefanie C
What better way to depict the clash of cultural values than by blending elements of Neo-Realism with American film genres? The setting of the panoramic Po… More
a mixed bag, if there ever was one